About Jessie Montgomery
New York, New York
Jessie Montgomery (CBA ’19) is a violinist, composer, and music educator from New York City. She performs and gives workshops in the United States and abroad and her compositions are being performed by orchestras and chamber groups throughout the country. Since 1999, Montgomery has been affiliated with The Sphinx Organization, which supports the accomplishments of young African-American and Latino string players, as a teacher, juror, orchestra member and concertmaster, panelist and ambassador, and a two-time laureate in their annual competition. She was also Composer-in-Residence with the Sphinx Virtuosi. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from The Juilliard School in 2003, Montgomery joined Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island. With it came her first experience as a professional chamber musician as a member of the Providence String Quartet. She continued her chamber music endeavors as a founding member of PUBLIQuartet, a string quartet made up of composers and arrangers. Following the completion of her graduate degree in composition for film and multimedia at New York University in 2012, Montgomery partnered with the American Composers Orchestra and the Sphinx Organization, and received commissions from the Albany Symphony, the Joyce Foundation, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Since 2012, she has held post as a member of the highly acclaimed Catalyst Quartet. Most recently, she has begun collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble and will tour with them in the upcoming 2018-19 season.
[Untitled] New Work for the Virginia Arts Festival, premiered by Dance Theater of Harlem
As a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Montgomery will complete work on a new score for Dance Theater of Harlem and the Virginia Arts Festival in collaboration with choreographer and Virginia B. Toulmin alumna Claudia Schreier. Together, they will complete a 20-25 minute ballet for a cast of up to twelve dancers, with music performed by the Catalyst Quartet and members of the Virginia Symphony.